Sunday, 23 June 2013

Tales of Terror - 1962

Part of the portmanteau Horror film strand, this 1962 take on classic Edgar Allan Poe stories are stitched together by some gloriously camp performances from Vincent Price, appearing in all three of the tales, 'Morella', 'The Black Cat' and 'The Case of M. Valdemar'.

With heavyweight support from Basil Rathbone as Carmichael (in Valdemar) and Peter Lorre at his bug eyed best (The Black Cat) it's an enjoyably brief film, not particularly scary and also not for purists of Poe (Yes, I'm talking to you Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy).

I've chosen The Black Cat and The Case of M.Valdemar for my sketches.

Peter Lorre as Montresor, deep in his cups and about to lose his wife to the charming, attentive stranger...

Vincent Price as Ernest Valdemar in the midst of a mesmeric state, brought on by the cunning Carmichael (Sherlock himself, Basil Rathbone)

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